A Premier Patagonian Fly Fishing Destination On 435k Acres
Estancia Tecka is a massive working cattle and sheep ranch spanning over 435,000 acres in central Patagonia south of the town of Esquel that includes a vast holding of private fly water where guests can fish all day and never see another soul. From Tecka’s two lodges, Caridad and Headquarters, eighteen anglers share exclusive wade and drift fishing access to forty-five miles of the Corcovado River, thirty-five miles of the Tecka spring creek as well as a number of tributaries and smaller spring creeks. The combination of rich history, exclusive access fisheries, high-end amenities, and meticulous attention to detail has earned Tecka a well-deserved reputation as a premier Patagonian fly fishing destination.
Estancia Tecka boasts two different lodges – Caridad Lodge and Headquarters Lodge – located 45 minutes from each other on opposite ends of the massive estancia. Headquarters Lodge is the original main house of the estancia and features four (4) comfortable double-occupancy rooms. Caridad Lodge is positioned a bit further into the estancia and has six (6) spacious double rooms. Rooms at both lodges are suited with a private in-room bath.
Food and Beverages
Tecka prepares delicious traditional Argentine dishes where the main course is typically based around locally sourced beef and lamb as well as a full spectrum of creative and wholesome international preparations. Each week guests are treated to an authentic Argentine asado that includes an assortment of fantastic meats grilled over an open fire.
Typical Length of Stay
The typical length of stay is seven (7) nights / six (6) days of fishing.
Tecka Lodge is a remote working ranch and a fly fishing focused destination with limited non-angling activity options available.
Internet / Communications
Reliable Wifi internet is available but can be slow at times.
How to Get There
Getting to Patagonia is not as difficult as it is time-consuming. Travelers typically take an overnight flight from one of several major cities in the U.S. and arrive in Buenos Aires (Ezeiza International Airport – EZE) in the morning. Guests will need to overnight in Buenos Aires. The following day guests will take a mid-day flight from Buenos Aires (Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport – AEP) to Esquel. From the Esquel airport, it is a scenic 2-hour drive to the lodge. Please contact us directly for assistance with airport/hotel transfers and travel logistics within Buenos Aires.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
The 2.5-hour flight from Buenos Aires to Esquel operates once per day and six days per week (except Wednesday).
Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and other Western European nations do not need a visa for tourist trips of up to ninety days. You will need a valid passport and will have to fill in an ‘arrival card.’ You will then be given a tourist visa stamp for stays of thirty, sixty, or ninety days. Staple the duplicate of your arrival card into your passport as you will need it to leave the country. If you lose it, it’s rarely a serious problem, but you’ll have to fill out a new form at border control. Upon entering the country, you will also be given a customs declaration form. Duty is not charged on used personal effects, books, and other articles for non-commercial purposes, up to a value of US $300. Make sure you declare any valuable electronic items such as laptop computers, as customs officers can be suspicious that you may be bringing them into the country to sell.
Yellow Dog can assist with travel logistics required for your trip and can recommend you to a preferred travel agent who can help you book airline tickets, hotels, transfers, trip insurance, and other travel needs. Contact us at 888-777-5060 for more information.
In terms of access to private water, Estancia Tecka is among the best. Both the Rio Corcovado and Rio Tecka meander across the ranch providing exclusive access to over 90 miles carefully managed water with robust populations of rainbow, brown, and brook trout in the 15-22+ inch class. The larger crystal-clear boulder ridden Rio Corcovado is best accessed by drift boat and offers fifteen (15) unique float options whereas the smaller and more intimate Rio Tecka is a traditional spring creek and is exclusively fished by wading its grassy banks. Anglers fish two (2) per guide and drive times to fishing areas range from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Boats and Equipment
The lodge has well-equip fiberglass drift boats. Guests can rely on the lodge and guides for backup rods, reels, and flies but anglers should plan accordingly and pack as much of their own gear and equipment as possible, including waders, boots, flies, rods, and reels.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Package Rates for 2020/2021
Rates below are for either Tecka Headquarters or Caridad Lodge
Double Occupancy Rates
Seven (7) nights / Six (6) fishing days (Saturday to Saturday) = $7,000 per person
Five (5) nights / Four (4) fishing days = $5,500 per person
Four (4) nights / Three (3) fishing days = $4,400 per person
Seven (7) nights / Six (6) fishing days (Saturday to Saturday) = $3,500 per person
Five (5) nights / Four (4) fishing days = $2,750 per person
Four (4) nights / Three (3) fishing days = $2,200 per person
Single Occupancy Rates
*Single Room and Own Guide
Seven (7) nights / Six (6) fishing days (Saturday to Saturday) = $8,400 per person
Five (5) nights / Four (4) fishing days = $6,000 per person
Four (4) nights / Three (3) fishing days = $4,800 per person
- All accommodations and meals
- All guided fishing
- Fishing license
- Ground transfers between Esquel and the lodge
- All beverages including alcohol
- Laundry service
What’s Not Included:
- International and domestic airfare
- Fishing gear
- Massages, available if requested in advance
- Guide and staff gratuities
- Special transfers
Estancia Tecka (Esquel, Argentina)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all lodging and fishing packages, and final payment is due 90 days prior to arrival. For cancellations, all deposits and payments are non-refundable. In no event will the lodge or Yellow Dog be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays, flight cancellations, or any other reason beyond the control of the lodge. The lodge will not refund payments in the event of poor weather, or if arrival flights are cancelled or airline connections are missed. Additionally, the lodge and Yellow Dog are not responsible for covering costs associated with alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals or any other expenses incurred. For all of these reasons, and because of the no refund and no credit policy, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance and full coverage for your trip. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be issued minus a $100.00 per person fee charged by Yellow Dog. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Once again, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for all Argentina packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 2% convenience fee for all American Express credit card transactions, and a 3% convenience fee for Visa, MasterCard and Discover transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
Yellow Dog Client Reviews
“Tecka ranch is an exceptional place. The variety of private waters and diversity of fishing opportunities is amazing. The staff could not have been better. In particular Mercedes was very, very charming and efficient.” – Harry M.
“I enjoyed my trip very much and look forward to coming back next January.” – Richard R.